Mid-Ohio final qualifying report

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FINAL QUALIFYING

3:39 p.m. - - Session begins under sunny skies, high humidity, and temperatures in the mid 80s.

4:09 p.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported - this session’s fastest were:

#96 JERET SCHROEDER, of Vineland, N.J., was fastest in the P.P.I.-MCI Racing Ralt RT-40 at 1:17.046 - 105.506 mph.

#32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif.., was second quickest at 1:17.247 - 105.231 mph in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle/Red Line Oil Ralt RT-40 #33 BERTRAND GODIN, of St. Hyacinthe, Que., was third fastest in the Player’s Forsythe Racing-Team Player’s/Indeck Ralt RT-40 at 1:17.383 - 105.046 mph.

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THE WAY IT SHAPES UP FOR ROUND NINE OF THE KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP

#96 JERET SCHROEDER wins his FIRST Atlantic pole by way of his qualifying time set during today’s final qualifying at 1:17.046 - 105.506 mph. #96 SCHROEDER recorded a pole winning lap on his next to last lap of the session, but in turn eclipsed that time on his final qualifying lap.

#32 ALEX BARRON will start on the outside pole with today’s time of 1:17.247 - 105.231 mph. #33 BERTRAND GODIN will start third on the grid after recording a fast lap of 1:17.383 - 105.046 mph. #71 JOQUIN DeSOTO, of Miami, Fla., wins the C2 pole position after qualifying 22nd overall in the Weld Motorsports-Canvas by Deneba Software Reynard 93H. SCHROEDER’S previous best Atlantic race starts have all been on the outside pole and during his rookie season in 1996. Schroeder started second on the grid at Milwaukee, Montreal, Mid-Ohio, Vancouver, and Laguna Seca. He also started in third place at Road America. ALEX BARRON leads all Atlantic drivers in "starts" from the front row with five. His three pole positions this year leads all drivers in the Atlantic championship. Barron captured poles on the one-mile ovals at Nazareth and Milwaukee, and the street circuit at the Molson Indy Toronto. He subsequently won "flag-to-flag" at Nazareth and Milwaukee. Barron also started on the outside pole at Long Beach. ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI is the only driver other than BARRON to win more than one pole position in 1997. Tagliani captured the pole at Cleveland, but a broken gearbox prevented him from starting the race. His flag-to-flag showing at Trois-Rivieres one race ago marked his second career Atlantic win.

Provisional pole sitter ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI missed this afternoon's second round of qualifying after damage to the tub of his Ralt RT-40 could not be repaired in time. Tagliani went off course during this morning's practice session, making contact with the tire wall in turn eight. The team is having repairs made in Columbus, Ohio, and expects them to be completed in time for Sunday's warm up scheduled for 11:55 a.m. He will start in sixth position.

DeSOTO is the C2 standings leader with 126 points. DeSoto earned one bonus point for winning the C2 pole. James Irvin, of South Miami, Fla., is in second place with 72 points. There are three C2 entries this weekend including DeSOTO, IRVIN, and HOWIE LIEBENGOOD, of Vienna, Va. By virtue of winning today’s pole position, SCHROEDER earns one bonus point but remains 14th place overall in the driver’s championship with 37 points. # # #

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